‘Being poor is no excuse for crime'

2015-08-04 06:01

The police in the Nyanga policing cluster recently conducted various drug seizure operations that yielded mixed results.

According to Manenberg police spokesperson Lieutenant Ian Bennett, the main focus of the operations were to monitor gang activity, disrupt it and target high flyers and those responsible for crime.

This was in an effort to maximise the police’s deployment in the areas, to increase stop and searches as well as to actively enforce the law with illegally operating shebeens and those contravening the Liquor Act.

The police say the raids were spurred on by the increase in domestic violence brought on by the abuse of alcohol.

Bennett says that 107 car checkpoints were conducted in which twenty fines were issued to the value of R32 400.

143 people were arrested after 73 drug houses were searched. Eight units heroin, 87.1g tik, 1040 units mandrax, 1g cocaine, 1g khat and more than 3kg dagga were confiscated.

During stop and searches in the area, three firearms were seized and three men arrested. They appeared in court on Monday last week.

There were 38 shebeen operations executed with nine people arrested with almost 10F of alcohol confiscated. The police say that alcohol abuse is regarded as one of the main contributors to domestic violence and the abuse of women and children.

Senior management of the Nyanga policing cluster are concerned about the frequency of violence against women and children, with 114 cases reported. 37 related arrests were made. The police encourage the community to engage with them in order to deal with this scourge effectively.

Bennett says these type of operations take place on a daily basis to ensure the safety of the community in the Nyanga policing precinct.

Major-general Robbie Robberts and his station commanders who serve the area continue to encourage the community to report crime and all other criminal activities, so that the area is safe enough for children to be free and happy and women to feel safe.

“The 67 minutes for Nelson Mandela project has enabled the police to reach out to the community and show that the police care about what happens and the struggle to survive the challenges of substance abuse and parenting,” states Bennett.

“We share the pain of poverty and we understand the hardship unemployment brings, but being poor should not make our community criminals.”

He says the police engage with the community at different levels of social needs – from soup kitchens and activities for children to entertainment for senior citizens. Bennett says that they will continue to ensure that the community feels safe in the Nyanga policing precinct.


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